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Old 07-11-2019, 11:33 AM   #1
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Unhappy Linux install trouble on Dell Precision T3400


I have a Dell Precision T3400 with two clean 500GB hard drives. I'm unable to install a Debian 8 based OS called SteamOS onto my device. I am doing so with a USB stick. If there is a way to get any linux based OS onto my computer I would like to know.

When I try to boot off of the USB, which the BIOS can see, it responds with "no boot device available." I'm completely stumped at what to do.
 
Old 07-11-2019, 11:47 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums, Bupmin!

What are the specific steps you took to prepare the USB stick?

Did you try booting the USB stick on a different computer?

Does your computer's BIOS have UEFI support?

Have you tried any other beginner-friendly Linux distributions or "distros" like Ubuntu, Mint, etc.?
 
Old 07-11-2019, 12:05 PM   #3
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I formatted the USB with FAT32 on my laptop and then unzipped the contents of the Steam OS folder onto it.

I have not tried booting it on another computer. I'll try it for sure.

I do not know if it supports UEFI. The BIOS version is A09.

I should try one of those Operating Systems. I think the issue may be happening because the computer doesn't recognize it as an OS.
 
Old 07-11-2019, 12:14 PM   #4
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You need to install syslinux to the usb with, as root

Code:
syslinux -sf /dev/sdxx
where sdxx is your usb, most likely /dev/sdb1, etc
use, as root
Code:
fdisk -l
or
Code:
lsblk
to display your usb device.

Also, it doesnt sound like you set the usb as bootable, you can use Gparted to do this or go here
https://unix.stackexchange.com/quest...n-command-line
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:15 PM   #5
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(edit) Linus72 has some good advice above.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:44 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by linus72 View Post
You need to install syslinux to the usb with, as root

Code:
syslinux -sf /dev/sdxx
where sdxx is your usb, most likely /dev/sdb1, etc
use, as root
Code:
fdisk -l
or
Code:
lsblk
to display your usb device.

Also, it doesnt sound like you set the usb as bootable, you can use Gparted to do this or go here
https://unix.stackexchange.com/quest...n-command-line
what is "as root"? Can a set the USB to be bootable via the CMD? What Linux OS do you recommend for a beginner like me?
 
Old 07-11-2019, 12:49 PM   #7
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I think I will try Linux Mint instead of SteamOS.
 
Old 07-11-2019, 01:07 PM   #8
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Bupmin you can Rufus to install a distro to usb, there's other programs as well but I hear alot about Rufus
https://rufus.ie/
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:47 PM   #9
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check this out
https://thishosting.rocks/best-linux-distros-beginners/

note once you get syslinux installed and boot flag set you can just copy distro to usb as you initially did or make a multidistro usb with many distros running either in "fresh" read-only mode or as "persistent" where all info is saved between reboot/shutdown.
 
Old 07-11-2019, 02:03 PM   #10
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rufus is my goto for putting iso's on usb in windows, hasn't failed me yet.
Linux Mint is most times listed first as a beginner's distro, but I seem to end up having hardware that extra steps have to be taken to get Mint installed, Maybe it is just to easy for me lol

Last edited by colorpurple21859; 07-11-2019 at 02:08 PM.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:04 PM   #11
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Talking

I got Linux Mint installed! Thank you for the help, Rufus worked well. Have a blessed day!
P.S. I like your verse, it is hopeful.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 04:18 PM   #12
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Heck yeah Bumpin, so if you dont mind, go up to your first post and on the right it'll say "thread tools", click that and hit "mark as solved" it'll help others
 
  


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